Making Sense Out of Fiber Nonsense
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The mainstream acceptance of dietary fiber is quite recent. The "dietary fiber hypothesis" was accepted as a major addition to nutrition by the 1980s. Since then fiber has become a preeminent health food, even though there isn't a single other non-nutrient – not alcohol, not artificial sweeteners, not even MSG – with as many well-known side effects as fiber. So what gives? Monastyrsky will enumerate all the known connections between the consumption of fiber and major colorectal disorders, such as IBS, colitis, Crohn's disease, and colon cancer.